March 2018 Newsletter
District 4 Newsletter
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County Council Connections

Under our County Council Leadership this year, we are launching Council Connections, a weekly update on issues and activities before the body. To receive Council Connections or to see archived editions, please access the link here.
Bowie and Greenbelt Top Safe Cities
Congratulations to the four Prince George's cities, including Bowie and Greenbelt, which made the 2018 safest cities list. For a copy of the story - please click the following link.
PAST EVENTS!

Recognizing Miss Prince George's and Miss Outstanding Teen

On February 20th the County Council recognized two outstanding young women - Bowie resident Solange S. Muller, as the 2018 Miss Prince George's County Outstanding Teen, and Desna Johnson, as the 2018 Miss Prince George's County - on their achievements. We wish them well in the Miss Maryland contest later this year.
Youth Leadership Bowie County Government Day
I was pleased to host the 2017-18 class of Youth Leadership Bowie for their County Government Day at the County Council. In addition to visiting the County Council, YLB also attended the Prince George's County Circuit Court and observed a criminal proceeding to learn about the role of County government.
Donuts and Coffee with District 23A Team
I was pleased to join with District 23 State Senator Douglas J.J. Peters & Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith for a Coffee & Donuts discussion on State & County issues on February 13th at the Huntington Community Center in Bowie.  For Bowie Blade News story, visit Bowie Blade's website .
Maglev State Rally

On February 12th I joined with the residents and officials of Prince George's County and surrounding areas to rally against bringing the MAGLEV train to Maryland.  I strongly urge you to reach out to the Federal, State and Project officials listed to express your position on this matter.  To view the proposed alternatives, register for updates and to comment, please visit the project website.  For a video of the rally, please click  here.
Opening of Lakeview Surgery Center
We welcomed a new minority-owned business to the 4th District and Bowie with the grand opening of Lakeview Surgery Center in Melford on February 8th.  We congratulate Dr. Alyson L. Hall and her staff and wish them well in the future.  For a story on the opening, please click on link.
National Women's History  Month
In 1987 the US Congress designated March as National Women's History Month. This creates a special opportunity in our schools, our workplaces, and our communities to recognize and celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of American women. Each year there is a special theme and women whose lives exemplify that theme are selected as honorees. The 2018 Theme for National Women's History Month is "Nevertheless, She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women."
The Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Please visit the websites of libraries in District 4 for library news and a listing of programs to be held in March 2018.  All programs are free and open to the public.

Greenbelt Branch
11 Crescent Road
Greenbelt, MD  20770
301-345-5800

South Bowie Branch
15301 Hall Road
Bowie, MD  2072`
301-850-0475

Bowie Branch
15210 Annapolis Road
Bowie, MD  20715
301-262-7000
City of Bowie
District 2 Special Election
On Monday, March 12,  The City of Bowie will hold a Special Election to fill a vacancy in the District 2 Councilmember seat and there are f ive candidates running for seat.   Only voters of District 2 will be eligible to vote in this election.   Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

For information about this election, please contact the City Clerk Awilda Hernandez via emailcalling 301-809-3029, or visit the City of Bowie's website.
Prince George's County Teacher of the Year!
Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) is accepting nominations for our 2018 Teacher of the Year! Now through March 13, you can submit nominations of exemplary teachers through our NEW online process and streamlined form. All schools are encouraged to submit a nomination; only one nominee may be submitted for each school. Our Teacher of the Year will be announced during a black tie event on May 14 at the Greenbelt Marriott.

For details and to access the nomination form, please  click here .  There is a mandatory orientation day for all nominees on Wednesday, March 21.
Women Who Mean Business

Whether you are interested in starting a business or are looking for tools and tricks to have a more innovative perspective, this is the event for you!  Women Who Mean Business Panel Discussion.
 
March 14th
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Bowie State University
James Proctor Building
Room 102
14000 Jericho Park Road
Bowie, MD 20715
 
Join us as we learn from some of the leading women in Prince George's County on how to think, work, and lead entrepreneurially.  For more information and to register, please click here.

Contact the 

District 4 Team

Tomeka Bumbry

Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide

tcbumbry@co.pg.md.us


Evelyn Archie

Community Outreach Coordinator

ejarchie@co.pg.md.us


Jarryd Hawkins

Constituent Services Aide

jthawkins@co.pg.md.us


Rhonda Tinsley

Administrative Aide

rtinsley@co.pg.md.us


Dear 4th District Resident, Business & Supporter -

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of the 4th District Legislative Email Newsletter. The County Council will begin its review of the Fiscal Year 2019 County Budget after the County Executive submits his proposed spending plan on or before March 15th, pursuant to the County Charter. The County Council will live stream all committee work sessions, and budget work sessions.  For a listing of budget calendar dates and public hearings, please visit the Councils website.
In Memoriam
Corporal Mujahid A. Ramzziddin

The Prince George's County family mourns the loss of Prince George's County Police Corporal Mujahid A. Ramzziddin, who sacrificed his life on February 21st in the courageous defense of a neighbor fleeing a domestic violence incident.  A dedicated husband, father of four, and son, Corporal Ramzziddin was a decorated 14-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department, Medal of Valor recipient, and former U.S. Marine.   For a copy of the Council's statement, please visit the County's website.
Upcoming Events
District 4 County Connections
March 9th

In partnership with the Office of Central Services, Supplier Development & Diversity Division (SDDD), I will be hosting County Connections - Making Intentional Connections on Friday, March 9, 2018.  The event is FREE and will be held at Bowie State University.  This meeting is one of several business forums designed to highlight public and private procurement opportunities in Prince George's County.  In addition, representatives from the financial industry will be on hand to discuss funding opportunities.  

Private and public projects and organizations that will be represented include the Purple Line Project, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Bowie State University, Prince George's Community College and more.

For more information or to pre-register, please click here  or contact Denise Roberts, Communications and Outreach Manager, at 301-883-6480.  I hope you are able to join me.
District 4 Listening Sessions
March 15th, 22nd and 29th


This month I will host my annual series of Town Hall Listening Sessions throughout the 4th Council District. The purpose of the sessions are to  discuss priorities for the 4th District, provide County & State budget overview headed into Fiscal Year 2019 (starting July 1st) and hear from members of the community on important issues facing the County. I hope you will join me and County staff at one of the three sessions.    
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Community ReEntry March Events

The Prince George's County Local Workforce Board and Economic D eve l opment Corpor ation/Workforce Services Divisio n have launched the 2n d Annual Prince George's County ReEntry Month.  Please view the flyer which provides information about upcoming ReEntry Month events for returning citizens and service providers.  All events are FREE and you can register by clicking here .  I f you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Ingrid Harrison at (301) 618-8403 or isharrison@co.pg.md.us


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Maryland General Assembly Update

The Maryland General Assembly is reaching the half-way point of the 2018 session and the County Council continues to advocate for the issues important to our residents, including funding for education and school construction, transportation and the impact of Federal policies on our County.

On February 14th I testified alongside County Executive Rushern Baker, III, Montgomery County Council President Hans Reimer and Prince George's WMATA Board Member Malcolm Augustine before the Senate Budget & Tax Committee in support of HB 277 - Maryland Metro Funding Act of 2018 - seeking additional funding for improvements to Metro operations and capital needs.

On February 23rd I joined County Council Chair Dannielle Glaros in testifying before the Prince George's County House Delegation meeting discussing the County's joint legislative priorities for the 2018 legislative session.
County Department of Public Works & Transportation Wants YOUR Input on Transit Services and Commuting in the County

The C ounty D epartment of  Public Works & Transportation (DPW&T) is in the process of updating the County's Transit Service Operating Plan (TSOP), a plan for improving County transit operations, including The Bus.  DPW&T will host a series of public meetings during March to discuss possible recommendations.  Listed below is information on those meetings:
 
 
For more information on the Project, you may visit  the Transit Plan website .  
 
In addition, the Prince George's County Economic Development Corporation, working with DPW&T, is conducting a survey of County commuters transportation patterns.  To participate in the survey, please click here The goal is to use the data to implement alternative transportation services and options to better address the needs of Prince Georges County employers and your employees.  The survey is voluntary and the data collected is confidential.
District 4 Senior Meetings


I hosted a series of three community meetings between February 21st and February 28th with senior residents of the Willows, Evergreen and Pi n Oa k Village communities to discuss County programs and services, State and local issues and concerns  in the community.   I want to thank State Senator Douglas J.J. Peters, Dele gates Marvin E. Holmes, Jr. & Josep h Vallario an d Bowie City  Council Members James Marcos and Henri Gardner for  atten ding as well.
2006 East Glenn Dale Sector Plan Minor Amendment Update

In response to property owners and the Glenn Dale Citizens Association, I initiated a minor amendment process under the County Zoning Code to the Adopted 2006 East Glenn Dale Sector Plan to address potential development and update the plan and strategies for the area between Prospect Hill Road, including the Glenn Dale Golf Course.  A joint public hearing between the County Council and Planning Board was held on February 6, 2018 to garner public input and comments.  The Planning Board will review and make recommendations to the County Council this month.
Council Introduces Legislation to Reject Compensation Review Board Recommendation


The Prince George's County Council has introduced legislation, CB-7-2018, sponsored by the entire membership which would reject the one-time salary increase proposed to take effect in December 2018 for members elected this year.  This bill is scheduled for a public hearing this month.
 
As reported in last month's ENews, the 2017-2018 Prince George's County Compensation Review Board ("Board") issued its report and recommendations in January 2018.  The Board studied information on salary, benefits and pensions, providing the basis for its recommendations, which included a one-time salary adjustment for Council Members in December 2018, and adjusting salaries for the County Executive and County Council in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.  Pursuant to Charter Section 308 and Charter Section 406, the Council may, within ninety days of the receipt of the Compensation Review Board's recommendation, amend the recommendation by a vote of not less than two-thirds of the full Council; otherwise the recommendation shall stand approved.
County Announces Immigration Services and Language Access Initiative (ISLA)

Prince George's County is committed to protecting the rights of its immigrant and refugee residents, who are a vital part of their families and communities. To that end, Prince George's County has committed $100,000 of one-time public funds to establish an immigrant legal defense fund as part of the Immigration Services and Language Access Initiative ("ISLA"), an innovative public-private partnership and collaboration among the County Council, Prince George's County government agencies, the Prince George's County Human Relations Commission, legal offices, and non-profit organizations.  ISLA works to ensure that immigrant residents of Prince George's County do not face immigration court or the threat of deportation without due process.  For further information, please click here to be directed to the Capital Area Immigrants Rights Coalition.  Please click here to p rint flyer
Free Summer Enrichment Program
For Rising 9th and 10th Graders

Prince George's County Public Schools announces FREE summer enrichment p rogram for  rising 9th and 10th grade students.  The application process opens on March 12, 2018.  For more detailed information, please click here to print flyer.

 4th District Email Newsletters
 
T his Email Newsletter provides regular communications and updates on events, activities and issues important to the residents, business owners and other stakeholders in the 4th  County Council District. I hope you enjoy the e-news information. Feel free to contact us if you would like to submit information for consideration.  Have a great day!

As always, please reach out to my office for any assistance you may need during the year.

I am Sincerely Yours in Service,  
      
 
 
 


Honorable Todd M. Turner
Vice-Chair, 4th Council District
 



      
Service. Community. Progress.
 
 4th Council District areas include Bowie, Glenn Dale, Greenbelt, Westchester Park, parts of Lanham-Seabrook and Upper Marlboro.



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